Malaysian Food Street at Resort World Sentosa
There are Michelin star restaurants, fast food outlets and some popular food chains around Resorts World Sentosa (“RWS”). To get some affordable real food in RWS, we decided that the “local” hawker food at Malaysian Food Street (“Street”) was our best bet. I know, it’s still over-priced for hawker food, but we also wanted to try because we heard the food is quite good!
p.s. “Local” because quite a number of Malaysian food dishes are different but same same with its Singapore counterparts.
The Malaysian Food Street is strictly speaking not along a street, but an air-conditioned food court at RWS. Though I would give them 100 marks for replicating and creating the food street ambience with their decorations and furniture.
Take a look at the dishes that are being offered here!
So with a good variety of choices, what are the “Must Try” dishes? I did a quick google search and came across the Top Ten Dishes by ieatishootipost.sg. This ranking (“Poll”) was tabulated by the votes of twenty ieatishootipost fans who gathered and sampled twenty of the dishes along the Street.
So armed with the list, we went down to the Street twice – once for dinner and another time for lunch. We tried 2 dishes each time (read till the end for my review and conclusion). Both times, the place was crowded… near the entrance. Walk a bit further in and you will find a plethora of seats! Many didn’t know and waited around the occupied tables for seats.
1. KL Jalan Alor Hokkien Mee
Mdm Helen Lem, 60, started selling her Famous Jalan Alor KL Hokkien Mee since 1976. The cooking style is similar to Singapore kopitiam’s zi char Hokkien Mee, except the noodles here is more like thick udon noodles (“Dai Lok Meen”).
With a balance of saltiness from the light soya sauce and the sweetness of the dark soya sauce, the noodles are fried with other ingredients like lean pork, prawn, squid, and cabbage. Saucy and chewy are the characteristics of this dish. Don’t forget to dip the noodles into the home-made chilli belachan (shrimp paste).
This dish got the #1 spot in the Poll. So we just had to try it during our first visit to the Street.
- I ranked it #1 out of the 4 dishes I tried.
- 7.5/10. Nice, but not exceptional from the ones we usually had from zi char stalls.
2. Penang Lim Brothers’ Char Koay Teow
Famous in Penang, this stall was started by Mr Lim Chye Lin when he was just 16 years old. Singapore’s version of Char Kway Teow uses thick dark soya sauce resulting in a sweeter and darker dish as compared to the light soya sauce used here. This Koay Teow is also fried with prawn, clam, Chinese sausage, pork lard and egg.
This dish got the #10 spot in the Poll, but there was a queue and it smelt good. So we went along with the crowd we saw~ :P
- I ranked it #2 out of the 4 dishes I tried.
- 7/10. I think it’s not too bad, but it was a bit bland for Mr S and perhaps for those pollers in the Poll. My guess is, everyone’s too used to the sweeter version of Singapore’s.
3. Kampung Nasi Lemak
“Nasi lemak is a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. It is commonly found in Malaysia, where it is considered the national dish, and also popular in neighbouring countries such as Singapore.” – wikipedia
There’s a slight difference between the dish found in Malaysia and Singapore. It’s the egg. It’s common to find a hard boiled egg in Malaysia’s nasi lemak, whereas in Singapore’s nasi lemak, the egg is fried.
Perhaps our expectations were too high, but our first dinner visit with the above 2 dishes (Hokkien Mee and Koay Teow) did not blow us away. We decided to give the Street a second chance. So we headed there for a second time and got ourselves the #2 dish in the Poll.
- I ranked it #3 out of the 4 dishes I tried.
- 5/10. I think it’s just average. I could get better or more fragrant ones at a lower price. Punggol nasi lemak is nice. Or even the one at my neighbourhood. The ingredients looked pathetically few too.
5. Penang Curry Mee
Curry Mee = Yellow noodles or/and bee-hoon (vermicelli) cooked in spicy curry soup made of sambal chili and coconut milk. Other ingredients such as dried tofu, prawns, cuttlefish, chicken, egg, mint leaves, and cockles are thrown in as well.
This dish got #5 spot in the Poll. When we were there, it looked really good when people lunched over them. Moreover, I was in the mood of some spiciness. Hence we bought this dish.
- I ranked it #4 out of the 4 dishes I tried.
- 4/10. It was disappointing. I didn’t even want to continue eating after my first mouth. But it could be just me not being used of the ingredients thrown in. Mr S thought it was okay, but nothing too fantastic. And we both agreed that the long queue curry mee stall at Chinatown still wins hands down.
I don’t think I will try another dish at the Street again, since I already gave it a second chance. Furthermore, even the supposedly #1 dish didn’t make me taste heaven. Unless someone can convince me that there’s a super delicious dish I missed out in both my visits..
Travels October 2015
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